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Motors on the Go

January 21, 2014 11:50 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Lin Engineering, New Scale Technologies, Inc., Pro-Dex, Performance Motion Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

With an influx of wireless, portable medical devices continuing to hit the market, often used by patients in their home or on the go, suppliers need to accommodate designers’ needs for smaller, more energy efficient device components. Since...

Novo Nordisk Announces U.S. Launch of New Insulin Injection Device NovoPen Echo®

January 21, 2014 10:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, today announced the launch of the insulin delivery device NovoPen Echo in the United States. This is the first and only pen device available in the U.S. with half-unit dosing and a memory function...

Teleflex to Launch Family of Implantable Infusion Ports

January 21, 2014 7:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated, a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced FDA 510(k) clearance of a full range of Polysite Implantable Ports for exclusive distribution in the U.S. under its ARROW...  

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Tandem Diabetes Care Expands Voluntary Recall for Select Lots of Insulin Cartridges Used with t:slim Insulin Pump

January 20, 2014 5:10 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tandem Diabetes Care®, Inc., has announced that it is expanding a voluntary recall of specific lots of insulin cartridges that are used with the t:slim® Insulin Pump.  The affected cartridges may be at risk for leaking.  This could...

Enhancing Medical Devices with Force Sensing Technology

January 20, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mark Lowe, VP of Sensor Business, Tekscan Inc. | Tekscan, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Getting the most functionality and benefits out of medical devices is a common goal among designers. One technology that offers an array of advantages that enhance the quality of treatment a device can provide is force sensors. These components...

Photos of the Day: Swimming Bio-Bots for Drug Delivery, Surgery

January 20, 2014 10:51 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A team of engineers has developed a class of tiny bio-hybrid machines that swim like sperm, the first synthetic structures that can traverse the viscous fluids of biological environments on their own. The bio-bots are modeled after single...

Tiny Swimming Bio-Bots Boldly Go Where No Bot Has Swum Before

January 20, 2014 10:47 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots. A team of engineers has developed a class of tiny bio-hybrid machines that swim like sperm, the first synthetic structures that...

Ceram Leads Project to Develop New Biomaterials and New Arterial Stents

January 20, 2014 10:19 am | by Ceram | News | Comments

As coordinator of the European project ‘ReBioStent’, Ceram, the international materials technology company, is pleased to announce that the project, to develop new biomaterials and new arterial stents, has been awarded Euro 5.874M by the...

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Wireless Electronic Home Healthcare for All

January 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Texas Instruments Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Ximedica | Articles | Comments

These days, it’s as though the medical device industry is more synonymous with the electronics industry than it is with healthcare. Obviously an exaggeration, but there seems to be very few device sectors where electronics are not an integral...

CorMatrix Cardiovascular Receives U.S. Patent for Injectable Biomaterial

January 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc., a leading medical device developer, today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,568,761 for an augmented injectable extracellular matrix (ECM) bioscaffold. The augmented ECM bioscaffold induces stem cell...

A Safer & Cheaper Needle-Free Vaccine Patch

January 15, 2014 12:29 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

One hundred sixty years after the invention of the needle and syringe, we’re still using them to deliver vaccines; it’s time to evolve. Biomedical engineer Mark Kendall demos the Nanopatch, a one-centimeter-by-one-centimeter square vaccine...

Smart Hydrogels

January 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Karen B. Roberts, University of Delaware | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed a “smart” hydrogel that can deliver medicine on demand, in response to mechanical force. Over the past few decades, smart hydrogels have been created that respond to pH, temperature...

Elixir Medical Announces First Commercial Implant Of The DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold System in Europe

January 15, 2014 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marking a milestone in the evolution of fully-bioresorbable drug-eluting scaffolds for interventional cardiology, the first commercial implant of Elixir Medical’s CE Mark-approved DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold was performed in Germany...

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Building Complex Polymer Nanostructures on Plant Virus Scaffolds

January 14, 2014 1:01 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received a $540,000 federal grant to devise methods for building minute structures tailored to precisely deliver medicines to tumors or carry dyes that help imaging technologies detect disease...

Photos of the Day: Robo-Sperm, Medical Miniaturization, and Stephen Colbert

January 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by Institute for Integrative Nanosciences | News | Comments

A new biohybrid micro-robot is developed by capturing bovine sperm cells inside ferromagnetic microtubes that use the motile cells as driving force. These micro-bio-robots can be remotely controlled by an external magnetic field. The performance...

Molecular Nano-Spies to Make Light Work of Disease Detection

January 14, 2014 10:58 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A world of cloak-and-dagger pharmaceuticals has come a step closer with the development of stealth compounds programmed to spring into action when they receive the signal. Researchers at the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy...

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In their review entitled...

High Costs of Research Made Worse by Funding Gap

January 10, 2014 10:35 am | by Florida Science Communications | News | Comments

Although more opportunity exists for university-based researchers to be innovative, and there is more financial support for innovation than ever before, the cost of university research is rising to new levels and presents a serious funding...

How the Humble Hydrogel Became One of Humanity's Best Friends

January 8, 2014 3:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Most people probably haven't heard of hydrogels, but we are all surrounded by "hydrophilic" substances. Hydros is Greek for water; philia means love. A hydrophilic substance is attracted to water and tends to be dissolved by it. Among foods...

Taking the Sting Out of Shots, Delivering Pain Relief for All

January 7, 2014 3:31 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

MMJ Labs, a leading researcher and developer of non-invasive analgesic devices, introduces Buzzy Mini during the 2014 CES Digital Health Summit, the latest entry to its award-winning line of personal pain management products. “Advances in...

AAMI Releases Summit Report on Home Healthcare Technology

January 6, 2014 3:49 pm | by AAMI | News | Comments

A comprehensive new report from AAMI sheds light on the complex challenges associated with the use of healthcare technology in homes and other nonclinical settings, and sets forth a series of ideas for how to best address them. The release...

Sintered Porous Materials for Medical Applications

January 6, 2014 1:18 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Porvair Filtration Group offers the regulatory approved BioVyon sintered porous plastic materials and its flagship product, Chromatrap, based upon proprietary BioVyon technology and used by researchers to identify cancer biomarkers.

Medtronic Announces Acquisition of TYRX, Developer of Solutions for Surgical Site Infections

January 6, 2014 12:06 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced that it has acquired TYRX, Inc., a privately held, New Jersey-based developer of implantable combination antibiotic drug and implanted medical devices. TYRX's product offerings include the recently FDA cleared...

GE to Expand in Life Sciences with Acquisition from Thermo Fisher Scientific

January 6, 2014 10:28 am | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

GE and Thermo Fisher Scientific announced today that they have entered into an agreement for GE Healthcare to acquire Thermo Fisher’s HyClone™ cell culture media and sera, and gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses for approximately...

The MDT Top 10 from 2013

January 3, 2014 4:05 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The past year of 2013 was certainly full of news for the healthcare sector as a whole. Obviously Obamacare topped the headlines (seemingly daily) with the media reporting on the latest Congressional battle, digital blunder, cost analysis...

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